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SIDNEY - Donald Louis Savastano passed away suddenly on Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, following a recent diagnosis of stage IV cancer.
Don was born in Queens, and grew up on Long Island. He become a carpenter after working with and learning from his dad as a kid. Don worked for commercial companies but after moving to Sidney and a short time with the union he became a successful self-employed carpenter. He was known for his high-quality work and perfectionism. He always tried to reach out and help those he could by teaching them "the right way to do things."
Don lived in Sidney for the past 10 years with his loving girlfriend of almost 12 years, Julie Wheeler, and helped her raise her boys, Alex and Kaspar Gray. He is also survived by his mother, Annette Savastano Dart (James); four brothers, John, Charles, Louis and Doug Savastano and their families; and two sisters, Debbie Legat and Cindy Savastano and their families.
He was predeceased by his father, John Savastano. May they be together again in heaven for Don had been very close to him and missed him dearly.
Don was thought of as a wonderful and even angelic person by those who knew him and will be greatly missed but to see him again when time.
A special thank you to those at Bassett Hospital and Tri-Town ER for the wonderful, honest and genuine care Don received. Also, thank you to hospice so he could spend his last days in the comfort of his home with those he loved.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 30, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the Oneonta Assembly of God Church, 1667 County Highway 48, Oneonta with the Rev. John Grenier officiating.
For those who wish, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society in memory of Don.
To light a candle or send the family an online condolence visit www.grummonsfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Published on January 28, 2018
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